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Subject: Equinox is a tune without a home.
To tell the story of Terrapin Station had to require more effort from Jerry then let's say
a song like "Don't Ease Me In"
Equinox is a part of the Terrapin time period but everything Jerry had to say musically is captured in the Terrapin Suite at that time.(And then some)
Hey, I have no problem with the song Equinox but by the time Shakedown comes down in 78 it no longer fits with the Dead's flow.
If Jerry wanted to tinker with the song he could have played it with JGB
Also I am pretty sure Phil had a hand in the writing of Equinox and much of what Phil does is complex (AKA-Unbroken Chain) it may have been something that just required more effort to bring along than could be spared at the time.(That is my main point)
also lyrically -From my perspective as a singer I have to be into what I am singing. Maybe Jerry just did not have any deep interest in the tune.
I know many people despised DAY JOB yet it held Garcia's interest regularly for a few years and I would have to say he liked exploring those lyrics even if many heads did not.
Xpanding MAn -
Subject: Wow, as close as I'll get to a live full Terrapin
To echo a previous reviewer, this is an awesome Terrapin suite, with the "At A Siding" portion as well. Worth a listen!
Subject: Some good stuff.
Nice to check out on a rainy day.
Subject: Performing Equinox
Chris Freedom Said: "If Terrapin was not such a demanding tune lyrically perhaps Garcia would have taken Equinox out on the road."
I don't understand this statement. What does performing Terrapin have to do with performing another song? If they wanted to play Equinox they would have. Why would the lyrics of another tune have any impact on performing a different tune? That makes no sense to me, as a musician by trade.
This is excellent material thanks for posting this!!
Subject: not live dead...... but.....
Still more fun than a barrel of monkeys
She reclines, closing her eyes, the sun thats setting is bound to rise
looks like Phil. -
Subject: Studio Magique
I'm always a fan of the studio out-takes, the stripped back and under-construction feel provides an intermasy that does not come though so much on the albums.
Gotta hear Terrapin.
Subject: thank you
this is a great recording that i have not heard in a long time
Really cool stuff here. Thanks for posting.
Chris Freedom -
If Terrapin was not such a demanding tune lyrically perhaps Garcia would have taken Equinox out on the road. It is a nice enough tune and "the mercy of a fool line" evokes classic dead imagery, but if you listen to the 'Fire' you can hear that Garcia has not even settled on which of Hunters lyrics to use on Fire on the Mountain.
Equinox gets eclipsed by Fire and Terrapin
Subject: Fire worth a DL!
Man o' man this is taking me waaaaay back. I had a cassette of this in 1983. It is beautiful to hear it in this format! This is one of my favorite versions of Fire ever... Thanks again for an incredible selection, to say that I love this site and what you do here doesn't even say enough!
Subject: oh my god's!!!!!
Where do you guys find this stuff soooo sweet. Chills every time, keep it comin
Subject: Good Stuff
Thanks again Archive for the treats...Keep em' comin..
Subject: good stuff
awesome equinox, first live one i've heard.
Very strong Fire on the Mountain.
Subject: where is 3/18/77
I will appeal to the higher power.
OK ...someone help me out here...
First of all , this can be considered Terrapin Station Part 1 since there is a second half that Robert Hunter wrote , but jerry never put music too .
So , on the album it is listed as :
Lady with a fan
At A Siding
Lady with a fan - opening lyrics , let my inspiration flow
Terrapin station - 2nd half of song - Inspiration - move me brightly
Terrapin - the end repeating riffs (in later days often lead into drums during shows)
---with 3/18/77 as the exception , this is all that was ever played in concert
Terrapin Transit - trippy slidework on album instrumental section leads into a different jam sequence with vocals....
At A Siding - the lyrical portion end of the song **While you were gone - these spaces filled with darkness - the obvious was hidden- with nothing to believe in the compass always points to Terrapin. - Sullen wings of fortune beat like rain - your back in terrapin for glory or ill again ** leading into a different jam sequence -
Terrapin Flyer - very jammy instrumental (my favorite portion of the entire song on album)
Refrain- the end reprisal that goes back to the Terrapin Riffs - only adding vocals singing the word **Terrapin** on the album.
Whew - ok so the point of all this?
A. Am i correct with this corralation?
B. If so , and 3/18/77 was the exception to the rule , what was actually played that evening was the Terrapin Transit instrumental section ,At A Siding (withouth the lyrics) and a portion of Terrapin Flyer that lead into drums .
Heres my grudge ..lol...
Why on earth is this labeled as Alahambra , and the show that is posted on the site here has over a minutes worth of the end of Terrapin in the drums file. So to hear the song in its entirty from that evenning , download Terrapin , Alahambra and Drums - listen to it , and listen to the album. It all matches up , section by section , and somehow became labeled Alahambra.
by the way i think it stinks this entire song was not played live more than once. The lyrics on At A Siding are great and the instrumentals rock - its right up there on my **Why did they never bring back Ripple or St. Steven** wish list.
This is an interesting bit of behind the scenes stuff. Early and different versions of "Passenger" and "Fire". Check out 3/18/77 for the only live performance of "Terrapin" as it is presented here.
Wow, this is truly awewome. I love finding or being shown studio outakes or soundchecks on archive. Hearing the boys noodle around is sick. There's a great one from 1990 when Bruce joined the band. Check it out. This '77 outake is very cool. The boys do a section of Terrapin that only appears on the album. Pretty neat. Worth downloading!!
Subject: Got it....
The mystery section you are referring is from the album Terrapin Station (at a siding?) Everyone always wished they would do this live. So this D/L is extra cool because here they are doing a 'live' version, just in the studio. Very fun.
Subject: WHOA....utterly AMAZING section of Terrapin?
Dear all the lucky people that have found this archive,
Start listening @ 09:30 mark of the above Terrapin version:
I have been listening to that particular part of this Terrapin version daily..for weeks and weeks. What is this called? Is there anywhere else that GD recorded this? Please post any answers and information you have about this mystery section of music.
(P.S. It's always cool when you find a "new" dead track that strays from the usual understanding of why you love the dead so much :-)
Just so everyone knows, this is the same outakes as the 2/17/77 Terrapin/Mars outakes. The only difference is the 2/17 version has the three outakes from Mars ("Unbroken","Cucamonga", and "Money, Money"). I almost downloaded both of these, so i thought id post this before someone else did the same thing.
It is a really fun outakes cd though, I really enjoy the Mars outakes the most. Most of us know that the GDead did there magic live, but it is always fun to hear studio stuff, just dont be dissapointed if your mind isnt blown in two:)
Subject: Nice Gem
Great outakes. I really enjoy the fire.
Subject: what a gem
This little nugget is a real treat- studio outtakes are always fun, and these pieces are gorgeous... the funky Passenger is interesting! Definitely worth having.